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Publishing Briefs: Andrea Bocelli Signs to UMPG, Dua Lipa’s Radical22 Inks With WCM

UMPG has signed Andrea Bocelli to a global publishing deal through its Classics & Screen department. Under the new agreement, the major publisher will represent Bocelli’s future works as well as his latest album, A Family Christmas.

Dua Lipa‘s media and management company Radical22 has signed a global administration deal with Warner Chappell Music. The agreement follows last year’s news that the pop star has acquired her publishing outright.

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Position Music has signed a global publishing agreement with Tinashe. As part of the deal, Position will also administer the publishing rights to the singer’s latest album, BB/ANG3L, as well as future releases.

1916 Enterprises has jointly signed producer Anthoine Walters (Drake, Post Malone, Brent Faiyaz) to a publishing deal with Heavy Duty. 1916 also signed producer, songwriter and artist Matt Wills to a joint publishing agreement with Billen Tedd/Milk + Honey U.K.

Universal Production Music‘s sample discovery and licensing platform, Usample, announced the addition of new sample pack albums from popular composers like Nicholas Britell, Clint Mansell and Isobel Waller-Bridge.

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Bella Figura Music has closed a significant equity and funding round to expand its music catalog. The round was led by private equity firm Freshstream with co-investment from Canadian pension fund OPTrust, a strategic family office and leading Dutch private equity investor. Bella Figura was launched in 2023 and has purchased a number of catalogs in the last six months, including those of Jeff Silverman (Adele, Aloe Blacc, Lee Fields) and Adrian Wright of The Human League.

Young Guns Publishing has extended its worldwide exclusive publishing deal with songwriter Ben Stennis. A writer for some of country’s biggest hitmakers — including Morgan Wallen, Bailey Zimmerman, Jason Aldean, Florida Georgia Line, Tim McGraw, Jake Owen, Justin Moore, High Valley and Ronnie Dunn — Stennis has been with the publisher for the last 10 years.

Warner Chappell Music has signed rising R&B artist Maeta to a global publishing deal. The agreement follows a breakthrough year for the singer, who hit No. 1 on Billboard’s Adult R&B Airplay chart for two weeks with her single “Through the Night” featuring Free Nationals.

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Barry Weiss’ Bossy Songs has signed “Austin” co-writer Cheyenna to a global publishing deal. Apart from co-penning Dasha‘s viral country-pop hit, Cheyenna has also collaborated with artists including GAYLE, BIZZY, Semler and Los Stars.

Blake Morgan‘s ECR Music Group has launched a new global partnership with Sony Music Publishing as well as Meridian, an artist services imprint.

Reservoir has signed indie rock singer-songwriter Katie Pruitt to a global publishing deal through its joint venture with One Riot. The agreement will include Pruitt’s upcoming album Mantras and future works.

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Kobalt has signed Australian singer/songwriter Kita Alexander to a worldwide publishing deal. The news follows Alexander’s debut album YOUNG IN LOVE, which was released last month via Warner Music Australia.

Wise Music Group has signed Swedish composer Jacob Mühlrad to a new publishing agreement through Bosworth Music GmbH. Mühlrad’s back catalog will be represented by Gehrmans for Scandinavia and the Baltic States and by Bosworth Music for the rest of the world. Future works will also be administered by Bosworth worldwide.

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